Director, Invest in Canada Hub

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International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development
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Per diem:
$475.00 - $550.00
Ottawa, Ontario
Application Review Date:
January 31, 2022
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In order to enhance Canada’s competitiveness in attracting foreign direct investment, the Government of Canada established Invest in Canada (IIC) in 2018, to develop a cohesive foreign direct investment strategy to align with the country’s overall economic growth strategy, promote Canada as a premier investment destination, provide a single-window investor support framework and deliver world-class retention and reinvestment services.

IIC works with all levels of government to promote Canada as a top investment destination, to facilitate investment flows across the country, and to accelerate large-scale transformative investment opportunities for Canada. In addition to creating good-paying jobs, increased foreign direct investment into Canada connects Canadian industries to global value chains and markets, facilitates the transfer of knowledge and technology, increases our competitiveness, stimulates innovation, and promotes the prosperity of Canadians and communities.

Upon its formal creation in 2018, an inaugural Board of Directors was established to support the initial set up of the organization. Now into its third full year of operations, IIC is seeking to fill upcoming board vacancies. These Director positions are an exciting opportunity for individuals who want to make an impact on Canada’s ability to attract foreign direct investment from around the world.

The Board plays a management role in ensuring that IIC implements and adheres to its own general administrative policies (contracting, communications, travel, hospitality, etc.), human resources management and financial policies, in line with public-policy objectives, and that they are met in the most effective manner. The Board ensures IIC successfully attracts and retains talent from all sectors, including the private sector. The Board also ensures that IIC and its CEO develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with provincial, territorial and municipal Investment Promotion Agencies, while applying a Canada Brand approach to FDI attraction. The Board is responsible for reviewing and approving IIC’s annual business plan, annual report on results, and monitoring its performance in achieving its results. The Board also provides input into the performance and effectiveness of the Chief Executive Officer and senior management and assesses its own effectiveness in fulfilling its responsibilities.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Invest in Canada website.

Diversity and Official Languages

We are committed to providing a healthy and accessible workplace that supports one’s dignity, self-esteem and the ability to work on one’s full potential. With this in mind, all appointees will be expected to take steps to promote and maintain a healthy, respectful, inclusive and harassment-free work environment.

Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training, and/or experience;

  • Experience serving as a member of a board of directors of an international business and/or private sector organization, a financial institution or a government/Crown Corporation or a not for profit;

  • Experience in governance principles in a government context and best practices in a culture of accountability and transparency;

  • Experience dealing with different levels of government, including but not limited to senior officials and Ministers;

  • Experience in managing financial and human resources;

  • Experience in the field of foreign direct investment and / or working with multinationals would be considered an asset; and

  • A professional financial designation would be considered an asset.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and activities related to the attraction of foreign direct investment;

  • Knowledge of corporate planning, monitoring and the evaluation of corporate performance;

  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, the Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer and corporate governance principles and best practices including fundamental accountabilities to the Government of Canada as Shareholder;

  • Knowledge of government and public policy;

  • Knowledge of international affairs, the international trade and investment environment and a general understanding of the legislative environment in which it operates and the global economy;

  • Knowledge and experience in sound financial and risk management of an enterprise and corporate social responsibility;

  • Knowledge and experience in large national and trans-national corporations to small and medium sized businesses and of Canada’s diverse industry sectors;

  • Knowledge and awareness of the importance of federal, provincial, territorial and municipal collaboration when applying the Canada Brand on the international stage;

  • Knowledge of best practices with regard to accountability and reporting for Departmental Corporations would be an asset;

  • Ability to set priorities and support the corporate vision needed to fulfil IIC’s mandate and attain its objectives;

  • Ability and willingness to foster a diverse and inclusive working environment; and

  • Ability to understand the impact of the differing needs and agenda of multiple stakeholders.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:

  • Informed Judgment

  • Integrity and Accountability

  • Impact and Influence

  • Sound management

  • Trust and commitment

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

  • Appointees must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout their appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under Forms and reference material.

  • All appointees will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must also submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner’s website.

  • Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviours in the workplace that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with at work at all times.  The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviours for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination.  Governor in Council appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.

  • The successful candidate must be willing to participate in Board and Committee meetings with up to four meetings held per year in various Canadian cities. Additional Board meetings may be held for strategic planning purposes or in special circumstances, as may be necessary from time to time.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

A list of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

How to Apply

Review of applications (more information here) will begin on January 31, 2022. Candidates should apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

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